AMI - (WZFO - PZO)

AMI - popular camera

AMI is the perfect camera for amateurs, especially for young people making their first steps in the field of photography. Simple design and ease of handling the camera makes it impossible to take a bad photo. Therefore, owners of Ami camera can boast with a greater amount of perfect shots, than other amateur photographers. Of course not only amateur photographers can use it to make a great picture.
We wish you a lot satisfaction with your perfect shots.
Warsaw Photo-optical Works
[Excerpt taken from AMI camera's manual]

AMI camera was developed by Engr. Felix Sujkowski, Engr. Adam Bogdan Mikołajczyk and technician Różycki
 


AMI - data regarding all models

Manufacturer Warszawskie Zakłady Foto-Optyczne (WZFO)  until 1968
Polskie Zakłady Optyczne (PZO) since 1968
Type box camera, film format 6x6 cm
(precisely 56 x 56 mm)
Lens 1:8 / 75 mm
standard
Film

film type 120

film coil covered with protective paper layer, width 60 mm on thick film spool
according to Polish standards - spool 60 type 1

Body "styropol" – high impact polystyrene, various colors of camera body and parts
Viewfinder  Galilean viewfinder, magnification approx. 0,65 X
Aperture  pinhole 1:8 (clouds) and 1:16 (sun)
Tripod socket  1/4''
Equipped with synchronization socket and flash mount rail

 


Camera models

AMI
model I
years of production: since 1964 (on market - 1965)


Lens 1:8 / 75 mm
single lens – meniscus
Shutter approx. 1/50 sec.
central
Focus setting fix focus
Minimal distance to take a good photo - 2m - for 1:16 aperture,
and 4m - for 1:8 aperture
Flash synchronisation flashbulb lamps only

 


AMI 2
model II
years of production: since 1965


Lens 1:8 / 75 mm
achromatic dual-lens
Shutter 1/125, 1/60, 1/30 + B
Focus setting Two-sphere, close: 2,5 - 4 m and distant: 4 m - ∞
Flash synchronisation

Electronic flash - full spectrum of shutter times
Flashbulbs - only 1/30 sec. shutter time

Cable release socket
Lock of double exposure - safety feature

 


AMI 66
model III
years of production: from 1969 to 1982


Lens 1:8 / 75 mm
single lens – meniscus
Shutter

M - approx. 1/50 sec., + B
central, simpler design compared to previous models

Focus setting

fix focus

Minimal distance to take a good photo - 2m

Flash synchronisation flashbulb lamps only

Most characteristic element of AMI 66 is sticker placed on its front, imitating cells of selenium light meter.


 

   
Leather case sold along with AMI cameras.

 


 

 List of AMI cameras

Model I  - AMI

type I

white body

ver. 1

shutter release button - white

black dog on red background

No: WZFO / AMI / 10 / 10 / 10

type I

white body

ver. 2

shutter release button - white

black dog on yellow background


No: WZFO / AMI / 10 / 10 / 20

type I

white body

ver. 3

shutter release button - white

black dog on green background


No: WZFO / AMI / 10 / 10 / 30

 type I

white body

 ver. 4

shutter release button - white

black dog on blue background

No: WZFO / AMI / 10 / 10 / 40

Very rare version of the camera. Photo SKORPION 

 

type I

white body

ver. 5

shutter release button - yellow

black dog on yellow background


No: WZFO / AMI / 10 / 10 / 50

type I

white body

ver. 6

shutter release button - green

black dog on green background


No: WZFO / AMI / 10 / 10 / 60

type I

white body

ver. 7

shutter release button - red

black dog on red background


No: WZFO / AMI / 10 / 10 / 70

type II

beige body (light brown)

ver. 1

shutter release button - yellow

black dog on yellow background


No: WZFO / AMI / 10 / 20 / 10
 

type II

beige body (light brown)

ver. 2

shutter release button - green

black dog on green background


No: WZFO / AMI / 10 / 20 / 20

type II

beige body (light brown)

ver. 3

shutter release button - red

black dog on red background


No: WZFO / AMI / 10 / 20 / 30


 

type III

white-blue body

ver. 1

shutter release button - white

black dog on red background


No: WZFO / AMI / 10 / 30 / 10

 

type IV

blue body

ver. 1

shutter release button - white

black dog on red background


No: WZFO / AMI / 10 / 40 / 10

type IV

blue body

ver. 2

shutter release button - green

black dog on green background


No: WZFO / AMI / 10 / 40 / 20

type IV

blue body

ver. 3

shutter release button - red

black dog on red background


No: WZFO / AMI / 10 / 40 / 30

type IV

blue body

ver. 4

shutter release button - yellow

black dog on yellow background


No: WZFO / AMI / 10 / 40 / 40

 


 

Model II  - AMI 2

type I

white body

ver. 1

shutter release button - white

black dog on red background


No: WZFO / AMI / 20 / 10 / 10

type I

white body

ver. 2

shutter release button - white

black dog on green background


No: WZFO / AMI / 20 / 10 / 20

type I

white body

ver. 3

shutter release button - white

black dog on yellow background


No: WZFO / AMI / 20 / 10 / 30

 


 

Model III - AMI 66

type I

white body

ver. 1

orange inscription

black dog on red background


No: WZFO / AMI / 30 / 10 / 10

type I

white body

ver. 2

orange inscription

red dog on red background


No: WZFO / AMI / 30 / 10 / 20

type I

white body

ver. 3

white inscription, small

black dog on red background


No: WZFO / AMI / 30 / 10 / 30

type I

white body

ver. 4

white inscription, small

red dog on red background


No: WZFO / AMI / 30 / 10 / 40

type I

white body

ver. 5

white inscription, big

black dog on red background


No: WZFO / AMI / 30 / 10 / 50
 

type I

white body

ver. 6

white inscription, big

red dog on red background


No: WZFO / AMI / 30 / 10 / 60

type I

white body

ver. 7

white inscription, big, without number "66"

black dog on red background


No: WZFO / AMI / 30 / 10 / 70

type I

white body

ver. 8

white inscription, big, without number "66"

red dog on red background


No: WZFO / AMI / 30 / 10 / 80

type II

beige body (light brown)

ver. 1

white inscription, small

black dog on red background


No: WZFO / AMI / 30 / 20 / 10

photo Jacek Przybyszewski -  http://www.polskie-aparaty-fotograficzne.pl

type III

white-beige body (light brown)

ver. 1

white inscription, small

red dog on red background


No: WZFO / AMI / 30 / 30 / 10

 


AMI cameras - like ALFA or START - were exported to the capitalist countries through the Foreign Trade Enterprise VARIMEX

AMI camera boxes – above on the left - AMI 66 – export packaging (VARIMEX), on the right – meant for the domestic market.

Below, on the left is an official AMI box, and on the right is a box of AMI 66 "crisis" version.

 

 


 AMILUX flash lamp was produced for AMI cameras


In an excerpt, found in monthly Fotografia: "in the absence of popular domestic flash lamps, for which demand was only partially covered by private producers and co-op companies, WZFO took it upon themselves to manufacture this type of flash lamp.
     The main assumption was to design a modern flash-lamp of small size, which could be adapted for use of flashbulbs of domestic production - type LB1 (wedge bulb). It is cheap, so as to serve not only the middle class camera users, but also owners of popular cameras, such as. Druh Synchro, Ami, etc."


 [AMILUX Flash-lamp, Stefan Surdy and Janusz Wolinski, Photography no. 1, 1965]


 

The lamp was battery-powered  - one battery 22,5V - 15F20 type.
POLAM disposable flash bulbs - LB 1 and LB 2. At the bottom - export version.



Flash-lamps were initially produced by Warsaw Photo-Optical Works, later its production was taken over by Work co-op Wielkopolanka from Grodzisk Wielkopolski.

Two types of boxes - box on the right is the export version
 
Four types of AMILUX flash-lamps. On the left side of the picture - lamps produced by WZFO in Warsaw; on the right - lamps produced by the Disabled Workers Co-op Wielkopolanka in Grodzisk Wielkopolski.

 

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